Your Dogs with Allergies Symptoms and Treatment
Almost everyone knows that man’s best friend can be the cause of allergy symptoms, but did you know that dogs could experience allergies, as well? According to veterinarians, dogs are often bothered by the same types of allergens that can set off you runny nose or itchy eyes. They can even experience similar symptoms. The most common symptom of canine allergies is all-over itchiness. This can be caused by a myriad of different allergens, but the end result is that the dog itches so much that he may scratch or bite until an area becomes bald, bloody or even infected.
This localized itching is commonly found around the rear end of a dog. Dogs may also experience “hay fever” type symptoms like wheezing, sneezing, red or weeping eyes and dripping noses. In other instances, they may experience gastrointestinal symptoms that involve vomiting and diarrhea.
So what causes these symptoms? Similar to humans, dog allergies can come from common contact sources, like insect bites, inhaled substances or foods. The most common insect induced allergy comes from the saliva of a flea. A flea infestation is bad enough as it is, but when your animal is allergic, they may become overwhelmed with the itching. Some animals resort to neurotic behaviors, such as excessive licking as a result. It is best to take preventative action to avoid an infestation, rather than to try to treat an allergic reaction to fleas.
Talk to your pet’s veterinarian to decide what preventative treatment will work best for your dog and for your area. Other dogs may be allergic to inhaled substances similar to the things that make their owners sneeze. These include pollens, molds, dust mites and other typical allergenic substances. It may be impossible for your pet to avoid such allergens especially during certain times of the year. It is best to keep your house, and your pet’s area, as clean as possible. Some pet owners have also found that increasing the number of baths their animal had offered some relief.
These baths not only served to rinse allergenic substances from their fur, but many hypoallergenic shampoos contain ingredients designed to combat itchiness caused by an allergic reaction. Still more dogs develop allergies to certain foods. Most commonly, the offending allergen is a protein substance in their dog food. In order to discover the source of the food allergy, these dogs must be kept on a strict diet of special food prescribed by their vet for 8-12 weeks before reintroducing different proteins one at a time. It can be a painstaking process, but for pets that suffer from food allergies, it can greatly increase their quality of life.